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Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative Coordinating Council

Charter and Operating Protocols


Vision and Purpose:  

The purpose of the Cibola Shared Stewardship Collaborative (CSSC) is to provide assistance to the Cibola National Forest leadership team for the use and management of the multiple resources within the Forest. Our vision is to work together to provide diverse perspectives on forest-wide issues.

The CSSC is composed of a Coordinating Council (Council) with representation from diverse stakeholders who have an interest in the Cibola NF and any Landscape Collaboratives focused on the four Ranger Districts.  These Ranger Districts within the Cibola NF include:  Magdalena, Sandia, Mountainair and Mt. Taylor.

The purpose of the Council is to serve as the liaison between the Cibola National Forest leadership team and the four Landscape Collaboratives. The Council will engage with the Landscape Collaboratives by acting as a “hub” for identifying, resourcing, and prioritizing activities within the Forest. Similarly, the Landscape Collaboratives will provide regional stakeholder feedback and perspective from each of the Ranger Districts areas. Communication and engagement between the Council and Landscape Collaboratives will be a “two-way street” of resources, communication efforts, project ideas, and feedback.


Council approach

The Council will approach its deliberations as a collaborative, proactive problem-solving body seeking to produce recommendations that address, in so far as possible, the practical needs and interests of all participants.  The group will work jointly to educate and build understanding regarding the participants’ values and interests related to the issues, while also developing a baseline understanding of essential information and identifying zones of agreement. Our intent for the Council is to have shared leadership, shared responsibility, shared funding, and shared credit for work completed by the Council.  


Council Composition

The membership of the Council shall consist of diverse organizations. The Coordinating Council will nominate and select members based on the following criteria:

  • Balanced representation of organizations with forest-wide priorities;

  • Entities may include local, state, tribal, federal governments, and non-governmental organizations;

  • Representation of Landscape Collaboratives;

  • Commitment to active and collaborative participation; and

  • Members will indicate their support by becoming a signatory of the Council Charter or through a letter of commitment.


New Membership

Organizations wanting to participate in the Council must meet the composition guidelines above;

Organizations must submit a letter to the council detailing their reason for participation, how their group does not duplicate representation of a group already seated on the Council, and agreement to abide by the stated roles, governance and ground rules;

Letters from potential new members will be reviewed and discussed at the next scheduled meeting. Groups will be added to the Council on a case by case basis when the current membership agrees through a consensus process that the proposed membership would add to the diversity of the council and their constituency is not already represented.


Member Roles  

Council members will be expected to:

  • Attend all Council meetings or appoint an alternate who will attend. Council members will strive to participate fully and resort to sending an alternate only when absolutely necessary since the value of the Coordinating Council depends on regular and active participation and relationship building.

  • Adhere to the ground rules adopted by the Council;

  • Engage in collaborative problem solving to address the range of stakeholder interests;

  • Represent and inform their own groups, organizations, and constituencies about Council activities, gather and relay feedback, and build support for collaborative decision-making; and

  • Participate in Council governance and serve on committees.